Saturday Results / Complete Results
TAMPA, Fla. – The women’s 4x400-meter relay broke the all-time Big Ten record and had the fastest time at the meet by a whopping 4.99 seconds on the final day of the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. The Boilermakers earned four more entries at the NCAA Championship to bring their total to 12.
“I thought the regional went exceedingly well,” head coach Lonnie Greene said. “We had one mistake today in the women’s 4x1 dropping the baton. Unfortunately, that group made a mistake and won’t be going. But for the most part, I thought it was the best regional we’ve had in a very long time across the board. Jaret Carpenter got in to end the meet, with a really, really real performance. We ran lights out in the 4x4, in the 400, the men’s 4x1 and so many other events. I could go on and on. We had a very good meet. We are a very good track and field program. Not a team, a program. In the end, if we execute, the end result is going to be something that all of Boilermaker nation can be proud of.”
Junior Chloe Abbott led off the relay on the rain-soaked track and immediately gave Purdue a lead. She turned in an unofficial split just over 52 seconds and was first to hand off. Senior Brionna Thomas was next and widened the gap on the field. Her unofficial split was sub-51 seconds. After the first two legs, the Boilermakers were ahead by 3.12 seconds. Senior Symone Black was third and she too widened Purdue’s lead. Her official split was 51.97 seconds, which gave Purdue a 5.14-second lead. Senior Jahneya Mitchell closed in 51.59 seconds to give the Boilermakers a time of 3:26.71 – 5.50 seconds better than anyone else in the heat.
The women’s 4x400-meter relay team’s time ranks second in the country this year. The time broke the school record, set earlier this year, by 1.71 seconds and the Big Ten record by 0.98 of a second. The difference between Purdue’s time and second place at the meet was 4.99 seconds. The difference between the second-place time and 12th place – the final qualifying time – was 4.19 seconds.
“The kids have put in great work and this is a testament to that,” Greene said. “This shows that these kids realize that they belong at this level. At the end of the day, the time they ran would make the Olympic final. I’m one of those people who believes in keeping your head down and doing the job. I want to put the best product on the track that we can. I believe speaking what I believe we can do and we’ll be a player because Purdue is a track & field brand. We found our niche and were going to continue attacking it. This showed it. That’s one of the fastest times in the world this year. Now, we just need to get back to work and get ready for the national championships.”
The men’s 4x100-meter relay team qualified for the national meet. The team of senior Gerald McGee, junior Malcolm Dotson, junior Shawndail McLaren and sophomore Waseem Williams ran a season-best time of 39.47 seconds to finish with the 11th-best time and earn a spot at the national championships.
Senior Devynne Charlton grabbed the other qualifying spot. She cruised to a heat win in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.01 seconds. That time finished second overall through the three heats. She advances to the national meet in the event for the third time in her career.
Sophomore Jaret Carpenter wrapped up the day with a berth in the 5,000 meters. He was seventh coming around the final lap and went for a big kick. He moved up to fifth in the back stretch and was able to hold off the pair and grab the final automatic spot with a time of 13:55.95. That time held on to be the fifth-best through both sections. While not a personal record, his time is faster than any other Boilermaker in history has run in the event.
Throwers Jalil Brewer and Micaela Hazlewood just missed qualifying Saturday. Hazlewood, a senior, finished 16th in the hammer throw with a season-best mark of 59.91 meters (196-6). Brewer, a redshirt freshman, was 15th after recording a mark of 18.40 meters (60-4.50).
The Boilermakers will return to campus before the 12 entries head to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The four-day national championships begin Wednesday, June 6.